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Families and Society

Note: This Course & Cluster was known as Family Studies in previous years.    

The Families and Society Cluster equips students with the skills to examine family forms in the United States, their intersections with social environments, contemporary challenges, and the effect of public policies on diverse contemporary families. This Cluster highlights theoretical models rooted in ecological systems, social justice, and social responsibility, as well as individual and micro-level family experiences. Students from all majors who participate in the Families and Society Cluster will find the courses relevant to their own and others’ family experiences, while also developing a foundation to enhance career development in a variety of fields, such as education, business, social work, public health, and other health disciplines.

Sophomore Inquiry: 

The Sophomore Inquiry course for this Cluster is UNST 228.

For a printable PDF that lists the courses offered in this Cluster,  click here  .


Learning Outcomes:

To find the learning outcomes for this cluster, click here.



Study Abroad Opportunities:

Visit Study Abroad's UNST Resource page to get the most up-to-date information regarding earning UNST credits abroad.


Please see your adviser before registering for any classes.
Departments Associated With Cluster


  • ANTH 300U: Modern World Anthropological Perspective
  • ANTH 313U: Indian/White Relations
  • ANTH 314U: Native Americans
  • ANTH 318U: Asian American Experience

Black Studies

  • BST 318U: Black Families in the U.S.

Chicano/Latino Studies

  • CHLA 301U: Chicano/Latino Communities
  • CHLA 303U: Chicana/Latina Experience

Child and Family Studies

  • CFS 312U: Families in Lifecourse Perspective
  • CFS 320U: ABC's of Early Education
  • CFS 330U: The American Family in Film and Television
  • CFS 340U: Queer Families
  • CFS 350U: Interpersonal Violence Impact on Children and Families
  • CFS 382U: Mental Disorders: Impact on Families
  • CFS 385U: Working with Diverse Families
  • CFS 390U: Sex and the Family
  • CFS 393U: Community Resources and Family Support
  • CFS 481U: Family Health Issues


  • COMM 317U: Communicating about Violence and Children
  • COMM 318U: Family Communication
  • COMM 337U: Communication and Gender (Crosslisted with WS 337U)

Conflict Resolution

  • CR 311U: Introduction to Conflict Resolution Psychology


  • HST 343U: American Family History (Crosslisted with WS 343U)


  • PSY 311U: Human Development
  • PSY 459U: Infant Development
  • PSY 461U: Psychology of Adolescence and Early Maturity

Public Health Education

  • PHE 326U: Drug Education
  • PHE 335U: Human Sexuality
  • PHE 354U: Social Gerontology

Social Work

  • SW 301U: Intro to Social Work
  • SW 320U: Intro to Child Welfare
  • SW 384U: Addictions and Recovery: Impact on Families and Communities
  • SW 399U: Addictions and Recovery: Impact on Families and Communities


  • SOC 339U: Marriage and Intimacy

Speech and Hearing Sciences

  • SPHR 365U: Survey of Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders
  • SPHR 372U: Speech and Language Development in Children

Systems Science

  • SYSC 350U: Indigenous and Systems Perspectives on Sustainability

University Studies

  • UNST 321U: Learning in Action

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • WS 330U: Women of Color in the U.S.
  • WS 343U: American Family History (Crosslisted with HST 343U)
  • WS 369U: Global Reproductive Justice
Cluster Coordinator: 
Ben Anderson-Nathe
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